My Beauty Routine

I get a lot of questions about my beauty routine, particularly when it comes to skincare, but I’ve always shied away from sharing due to one simple fact: I’m not a beauty junkie. There, I said it. Seriously! Even though I’m a self-professed shopaholic, I’m just not that into products. I’m a big believer in simplicity and maybe I can chalk it up to good genes, but so far, this philosophy has worked for me. But, nonetheless, you asked, so here goes!

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When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I do is splash my face with cold water. Yep. Cold water. Even in the winter. It’s shocking, but it is also invigorating, and it’s just a habit of mine. I’ve done some research and it all says that a splash of cold water can tighten up or close your pores, so that’s reason enough for me. When I actually hop in the shower or bath, I use this cleanser to wash away any dirt or oil from the previous night.  It has these tiny beads with ginseng and Vitamin C and I love the fresh tingle it gives me in the morning. Once or twice a week, I will also use my Clarisonic Mia 2 to help exfoliate any dead skin cells. This keeps my face feeling super smooth, but I do have to be careful not to overdo it since I have sensitive skin. These babies aren’t cheap, but you have to look at it as an investment. While you do need to change the heads out twice a year, the device itself will last you a good while. In fact, I’ve had mine for about 7 years now and it’s still going strong!

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Morning Routine

Once I’m all dry, I slather on moisturizer. I’m not super loyal to any one brand, and as long as it is oil-free and has sunscreen in it, I’m good.  But lately, I’ve been really loving the Garnier “Clearly Brighter” moisturizer. It has Broad Spectrum SPF 30 plus Vitamin C and LHA antioxidant complex to reduce the look of dark spots and help with sun damage. Since I freckle so easily, this is HUGE!  I also love that i’s non-greasy and super light with a fresh fragrance that isn’t overpowering. At under $12, it’s a steal in my opinion. My next step is the only pricey one in my whole routine, but a little goes a long way, so the per use cost is low. I’m not a Rodan & Fields die-hard and before you ask, I don’t sell it. But, I bit the bullet and bought the Multi-Function eye cream from the Redefine line and I do think it’s worth the hype and price.  If I put makeup on, I do it at this point. But either way,  I finish off with a good swipe of Vaseline Lip Therapy. I’m sort of a chapstick connoisseur, so trust me, this stuff is the BEST. My new favorite is their Limited Edition “Pink Bubbly” with its champagne scent and just a touch of rose hue. I’m pretty sure this would be one of the things I took with me to a deserted island.

So, that’s my morning routine and as you can see, it’s pretty simple. Wash, exfoliate, and moisturize. Boom! My night routine is pretty simple too, but instead of washing my face, I use a reusable make-up cloth (a.k.a. make-up eraser) with some micellar cleansing water (I use this brand), which acts like a magnet for dirt, oil, and make-up. I follow it with Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream, a moisturizer that you can technically use day or night, but that’s a little too heavy for me under make-up. I get these by the two-pack at Costco for around $30, which is a great deal! In fact, it’s won multiple awards, beating out much more expensive brands! I once again dab a little of the R&F Multi-Function eye cream under my eyes, swipe some more Vaseline Lip Therapy on my lips, and call it a day night!

Night Routine

Night Routine

Hope that helps! Happy hunting, y’all!

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Gala time

So, for some reason, January and February seem to be the hot months for galas and other benefits. And, if you’re like me, you’re always trying to find the perfect dress for one. You know…..one that’s affordable, flattering, and comfortable! It’s not an easy feat, but I have to say, I think I’ve figured out the key! Nordstrom!! With their free shipping policy both ways and their awesome selection of dresses for $100 or less, you can order lots of options in multiple sizes to try on in the comfort of your own home and then just ship back whatever doesn’t work. Easy peezy! I spent about 45 minutes on my Nordstrom app the other day while waiting for someone and was able to order 10 dresses that arrived less than a week later. I had a mega try-on session yesterday, since it was a snow day and we were holed up inside anyway, and here are the ones I am actually considering for the event I have in a few weeks:

First up is an LBD. You can’t go wrong with this sort of understated elegance, and I love the black lace overlay. The length is super short, but since the neckline is conservative, it works. It’s comfortable, elegant, and pretty timeless. I’m wearing a small and I’d say it’s true to size.  The fact that it’s only $65 makes this a great option!

Black Lace Shift Dress – $65

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Next up are two super on-trend dresses because they are both made of the fabric of the season….velvet! The first one is in a beautiful burgundy color and has some sheer detailing on the front and back, making it sexy, but not too revealing. The bottom is asymmetrical and the ruching in the front is very flattering. I’m loving this option and the small fit like a glove.

Burgundy Velvet Sheath Dress – $63.60

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The green floral velvet is a faux wrap style with a plunging neckline. I’m not sure I can/should pull this one off, but it sure is pretty, and very different, which I love!

Green Velvet Floral Twist Sheath – $68.98

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These next two numbers are RED hot and I’m sure you can see why! The first one reminds me of the dress Julia Roberts wore in Pretty Woman, but shorter. I’m no “Pretty Woman” though, so not sure I have what it takes to pull it off. But, it sure does make me feel like a million bucks! The tie top keeps the strapless neckline from being too revealing and the knee-length is flattering and sophisticated. For size reference, I’m wearing a small, so again, true to size.

Knotted Strapless Red Mini Dress – $98

This rose and black brocade dress has to be my favorite so far! The thick fabric is super flattering and I love the gathered sheer fabric above the sweetheart neckline. The bodice is almost like a boustier, which is so sexy, but then the pleats and full skirt keep it playful.  The best part though? It has pockets! I’m wearing a 4P so I’m thinking it runs a little small since I would normally wear a size 2.  This is definitely a dress to get noticed in, and while that’s not usually my M.O., it’s a definite contender!

Fit and Flare Brocade Dress – $94.80

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And last, but not least, is this fun and flirty sequined t-shirt dress in a beautiful blush color. I love how comfy and festive it is and I think it would work for so many occasions! I’m wearing an XS but would feel a little less self conscious in a small. It’s junior sizing, so you know how that goes! You absolutely cannot beat this price, so even if you don’t have an occasion coming up, this may be a smart buy for future events!

Blush Sequined T-Shirt Dress – $38.98

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Whew! So many options that I’m not sure which to pick for the gala we’re attending in February. But let’s be honest…..the fact that 6 of the 10 I ordered are REAL contenders is amazing! That’s how great the selection at Nordstrom is and their size suggestions and the customer reviews are SO helpful! Thanks for stopping in and checking out my options. Let me know which is your favorite by voting here: https://goo.gl/5B56aW.

Happy hunting, y’all!

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